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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the late 1950s what did von Neumann spend most of his time working on?
(a) The H-bomb.
(b) The atom bomb.
(c) MIRVs.
(d) I.A.S. projects.

2. In a game of chicken, what happens if both parties swerve simultaneously?
(a) A vote determines the winner.
(b) Neither is the chicken.
(c) They both win.
(d) They have to start over.

3. What was a public example of a nuclear chicken game?
(a) WWII.
(b) The Korean War.
(c) The Cold War.
(d) The Cuban Missile Crisis.

4. A study commissioned to find out how many bombs the U.S. had available reported that a total of 300 to 600 bombs were available in what year?
(a) 1965.
(b) 1950.
(c) 1947.
(d) 1949.

5. Where was the Russian spy born who was instrumental in helping Russia achieve nuclear capability?
(a) Germany.
(b) Russia.
(c) United States.
(d) Hungary.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was the disastrous Secretary of the Navy's speech about neutralizing the Soviet threat made?

2. What strategy was the most successful during Axelrod's tournaments?

3. In what month did von Neumann die?

4. Axelrod's tournaments solicited programs from scientists all around ___.

5. Due to his deteriorating health von Neumann was confined to a wheelchair in ___.

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened after von Neumann fell in 1955?

2. How did von Neumann become the Atomic Energy Commissioner?

3. In the nuclear war debate how did Francis Matthews figure?

4. What is SAGE and why was it developed?

5. What four games are two-person symmetric as detailed in Chapter 11?

6. Who devised the Stag Hunt game?

7. What did a study reveal about the available bombs in the U.S. in 1947 and 1950?

8. What is the madman strategy and how does it affect the game of chicken?

9. What is the tit-for-tat strategy?

10. What is backwards induction?

(see the answer keys)

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